Southbury History

Town Historians


At the February 4th, 2010 Board of Selectmen meeting, Joyce Hornbecker and John Dwyer were approved as Co-Town Historians.

Joyce Hornbecker

Joyce Hornbecker moved from Waterbury to Southbury in 1951. Among her many community activities were establishing and serving as the first chairperson for the Lake Zoar Authority to manage the problems and needs of the four-town lake including supervising the marine police activities. She has been involved in many community organizations, including: twenty-five years as a leader and neighborhood chairman for Southbury Girl Scouts, 13 years as an EMT with Southbury Ambulance, Director and Corporate Secretary of The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, Inc. and member of the Stewardship Board for Bent of the River Audubon Center. She served 33 years in the Town Clerk's office, and in 1997 was recognized by the Connecticut Secretary of the State for meritorious and excellent service to the State and to the Town of Southbury. She has also has served as the assistant treasurer of the South Britain Congregational Church, as teacher and superintendant of the church school, as a Girl Scout camp counselor and a Cub Scout den mother.

Mrs. Hornbecker holds an A.S. degree in Business Management from Post College, a Connecticut Town Clerks Certification from the University of Connecticut, an International Municipal Clerks Association Certification and an International Municipal Clerks Academy Advanced Education from Salve Regina University.

John Dwyer

John Dwyer and his family came to Southbury in 1984 to move into his wife's, Lynn, ancestral home. Their children were the 8th generation descendants to live there. The proximity to this heritage spurred an interest in antiquities into a study of local history.

By profession he is a Food Scientist employed as Technical Sales Manager. In addition to local history research his past-times include genealogy, military re-enacting, restoration and 19th century American music.

John has contributed to numerous local projects related to the preservation and study of Southbury's architecture and ancient industial activites. He received a Merrit Award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for his restoration efforts at the Candee Wheeler House and barns (a project featured on HGTV), serves on the Historic Buildings Commission, and supports the efforts of the Southbury Historical Society.